Entries by Jamie Leeming

Everton Fans Help The Homeless

Rough sleepers are being helped to stay warm this winter thanks to the efforts of Everton fans, reports the Liverpool Echo. The club’s LGBT+ supporters group, Rainbow Toffees, set out to help the homeless by providing them with beanies over the winter months. The group, which aims to help tackle homophobia in football, took on […]

COVID Vaccinations For The Homeless And Front Line Workers

Earlier this month, Homeless Link wrote to the Minister for COVID Vaccine Deployment to ask that working with people who have no home is treated as a priority occupation for vaccination, as a matter for urgency. They also asked members to write to their MPs to raise the same issue and many have taken immediate […]

Government Strategy On Rough Sleeping ‘Out Of Step’

The government must review its strategy to end rough sleeping in England by 2024 after coronavirus showed it to be “out of step”, a watchdog warned. A National Audit Office report praised the ‘Everyone In’ scheme, which housed about 33,000 people in the crisis. But the plan highlighted issues with the current strategy – with […]

Oldham To Prioritise Homeless For Covid-19 Vaccine

The local authority plans to move homeless people up the pecking order to receive the vital jab – despite Government guidance. Leaders in Oldham will have become the first in the UK to give homeless people priority access to the Covid-19 vaccine after the local council defied Government guidance to offer out jabs, reports the Big […]

Protection For Rough Sleepers And Renters During Lockdown

Rough Sleepers and renters in England will be given extra protections during the latest national lockdown, ministers have confirmed. Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced councils will collectively receive an additional £10 million in funding to help redouble their efforts to accommodate all those currently rough sleeping across England. The move will also allow all […]

‘Band Aid Liverpool’ To Help The Homeless

More than 70 well-known musicians and singers from Liverpool have come together to create Band Aid Liverpool 2020 – and their bid to help the homeless has gained some very special Sir Bob Geldof approval. The supergroup was the brainchild of Tony Cook – keyboard player with The Mersey Beatles. Along with the band’s drummer, […]

Rough Sleepers Banned From Sheltering At Cathedral

Temporary barriers have been installed to part of Lincoln Cathedral to stop rough sleepers using it at night. Officials said they had reluctantly taken the decision to close off the Galilee Porch after a number of serious incidents, including a fire, reports the BBC. Human faeces were also found around the site, which staff at […]

The Scandal Of Empty Homes Amidst Rising Homelessness

Half a million homes across the UK are being left unused, as the number of families living in temporary accommodation continues to rise every year. Liverpool has 4,631 long-term empty homes, accounting for 1.99% of residential properties While the Government boasts of efforts to build more houses, campaigners say increasing homelessness shows something is still […]

seftPub App Helps Feed The Homeless

A father-of-two has helped feed thousands of homeless people across the UK by getting people to donate food using the Wetherspoons app. Chris Illman runs the Facebook group ‘Wetherspoons the Game’, that helps people coordinate food donations for the homeless, reports the Metro. People use the group to post what table they are sitting at […]

‘Take One Leave One’ Launches For A Third Year

Starting from a simple idea in the winter of 2019 organisers have relaunched the initiative to help get warm clothes to people in need During the cold winter of January 2019, a clothes rail was left outside Holy Redeemer church in Clerkenwell, Central London, reports the Big Issue. It was filled with coats, scarves and […]